Soil extract media for sporulation of Apophysomyces elegans

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Date: October-December 2010
Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 504 words
Lexile Measure: 1310L

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Byline: Sarita. Mohapatra, Immaculata. Xess, J. Shwetha, Aashish. Choudhary


Apophysomyces elegans is an emerging zygomycete, reported to cause invasive cutaneous and rhino-orbito-cerebral mucormycosis in immunocompetent individuals. [sup][1] However, it is difficult to identify in routine culture media. Therefore, various special culture media have been suggested. [sup][2],[3] Here, we describe a case of rhino-orbital mucormycosis caused by A. elegans where soil extract media were used for sporulation of the fungus. A 4-year-old boy was admitted to our hospital with complaints of fever, swelling of right eye and severe headache since 7 days. On examination, both upper and lower eyelids were swollen with conjunctival congestion. The vision was intact, and he had no other history of medical illness. Computed tomographic (CT) scan suggested possible fungal invasion in...

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